Yes, that obscure late 80's rap song for the movie Ghostbusters TWO, summed up this movie to the public in the most accurate way possible. Coming out at the tail end of the year when Marley and Me came out in theaters-people were much more interested in seeing the cute dog movie then the comicbook hero one. The Spirit looked like Frank Miller's comic book movie Sin City and while The Spirit does have fans, it's not a well known book like X Men or Batman. In other words, no one saw it and when the critics finally saw the film and savaged it, The Spirit fell away.
The Spirit has Danny Colt, a young rookie cop in Central City who on the job dies but is brought back to life and gains powers of immunity as he becomes a maverick cop who works with the police to keep the city he loves safe. Any failings? Yes, he is obsessed with the criminal called The Octopus a scenery chewing (blue screen chewing?) criminal who is occupied with finding the blood of a Greek God, who once drank will grant immortality. The Spirit strangely attracts the attention of almost every woman he meets and even in a great scene has a Dentyne Gleam on The Spirit's teeth when he delivers a corny line to a TV crew. Thats the joy of this movie, it doesn't take itself seriously at all, is over the top and the cast, especially Samuel L Jackson as The Octopus is having a great time. Ditto for The Octopuss's army of dim witted clones. "We was watch'in!"
Thats the problem, with the black n' white grit and silouette look taken from the dark and slimy world of the Sin City movie, it really feels out of place since Sin City was out for a few years now and had a unique look that this movie is stealing from. Yes, Frank Miller who directed this movie was involved with Sin City being the original comic's author but STILL, it doesn't feel right. Watching this movie I half expected the gun toting hooker armies, cannibilstic Harry Potter kid and the yellow rapist and NOT something as light as this.
Another problem but this time more then just an annoyance. Every time it looks like the Spirit is near death, this angel of death woman comes to meet him in a dream. It's explained well enough in the movie that it isn't a total non sequitor and she appears a few times but it's honestly kinda stupid. I have no idea if she is from the comic books or not.
Finally, for a movie that is supposed to be heady and grim at times with the way The Spirit talks and the way the city looks, theres too much levity int he cast to make anything really more then out of place. The city is dark at times with a feeling that it's seen better days, but the characters are jovial and get along and the plot is about the blood of a God that can make you immortal. I DO know that the comic is supposed to be lighthearted and if the cast being laid back and enjoying themselves is an indication then it's not so bad.
Final analysis is that the movie IS entertaining but it has a dijointed feel and even a day after seeing it, I only could remember so much of what I saw. It's fleeting but what I did remember about it, is that some of it stuck with me in an almost annoying way, kinda like gum on the bottom of your shoe, you don't know how it got there and you wish you could get rid of it. The Octopus feels the same way, maybe if he becomes immortal it's so he can remember what he was watching.
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